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Daytime Dogs and Friends Staying Caringly Connected By Kendal Norris | LHM Photography

Routines these days for many pet owners are fairly hectic. With family, job, travel, school and extracurricular activities to attend to, sometimes pets lose out on quality time. Luckily, Daytime Dogs and Friends can step in to fill that gap. With over 40 combined years of experience with domestic animals of all kinds, Chuck Siegel and his staff bring a wealth of expertise, skill and passion to their mission of providing daycare, dog walking, dog adventure outings, in-home visits, overnight care, pet taxi, and pet supply delivery. As Chuck stated, “We use positive reinforcement techniques to give pets a safe, enjoyable and healthy experience. Our goal is to return them to you in a balanced and happy state.” Serving Gainesville and Alachua County, Daytime Dogs and Friends has highly trained handlers certified in pet first aid who know the various animal breeds and tailor their care and exercise needs accordingly. Chuck added, “A weekly hour-and-a-half walk through a nature trail does wonders for a dog that loves to explore new scents and environments, and a contented pet is a better companion to come home to.” Open since 2008, Daytime Dogs and Friends immediately made a commitment to local animal 42 |

rescue efforts as well. They partner with and support Paws on Parole, Haile’s Angels Animal Rescue and Gainesville Pet Rescue. They also work closely with Alachua County Animal Services and Earth Pets Natural Pet Market, along with Canine Companions for Independence. Chuck noted, “Having lived in this community for over 16 years, we know how important it is to help with fundraising and community events that focus on pet adoption to good, loving homes.” Daytime Dogs and Friends also underwrites the “Animal Airwaves Live” radio program on UF NPR 89.1 WUFT-FM station every Saturday from 1-2 p.m. “The broadcast features various faculty members from the UF Veterinary Hospital, each with a different specialty,” Chuck explained. “They cover a variety of educational and informative topics from pet care to equine health to exotic animals. It’s a wonderful resource for the pet-owning community.” Daytime Dogs and Friends has not only built meaningful connections with their clientele, but through their dedicated charity work, they’ve become an integral part of the animal rescue team in Gainesville. As Chuck said, “Our goal is to continue to provide excellent pet care and to keep promoting those magical animal-human connections.”

The Village Journal  

Volume 9 Issue 2

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